April 19, 2018 / 8:33 AM / 4 months ago

Soccer-Brazilian Oliveira named as new Urawa coach

TOKYO, April 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian Oswaldo Oliveira will take over the reins of Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds next week after the former Kashima Antlers boss was named as the replacement for sacked coach Takafumi Hori on Thursday.

The J.League club fired Hori, who was appointed last summer to replace Mihailo Petrovic, after Urawa made a dreadful start to the current campaign. The club did not win any of their opening five matches of the season.

Tsuyoshi Otsuki had replaced Hori on an interim basis.

The 67-year-old Oliveira managed the Antlers from 2007-11 and will be in charge when Urawa take on Kashiwa Reysol in their 10th J.League match of the season.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to take command of this wonderful team backed by strong support,” Oliveira said in a statement released by the team.

Urawa are currently 10th in the 18-team division, 11 points behind early leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by John O’Brien)

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